The wedding plans have began, but there is a key element that needs sorted asap! We have put together top five tips:
1. Start the Ring Search Early! This might sound cliche but you actaully need time to look for that perfect ring. Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to ring shop. You'll need this time to browse, research prices and revisit rings that catch your eye. If you want a custom ring, then you need even more time.
2. You need a Budget. Sites like the Knot say Shop with the assumption that you'll spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings. Embellishments, like diamonds or engraving, will quickly add to the cost, so factor that into your budget if you plan to personalize your rings with any of these extras. The price of engraving is usually based on the number of characters, the font used and whether it's engraved by hand or machine (hand is usually pricier).
3. Does not have to be boring, Mix It Up! You’ll be wearing your wedding rings forever so be sure to love what you buy! If you you like oplatinum and your partner likes yellow gold. There's no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style. You could compromise with braided bands that blend the two metals together or just be totally different—the key to finding something you both love is choosing wedding bands that reflect your individual styles.
4. Size Matters. Your ring store will have a ring size guide so that you can measure exactly what size your wedding rings will need to be ordered in. The size of your finger may change over the years, but having your wedding ring re-sized is always an option in the future. Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise, pregnancies—all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you're calm and your body temperature is normal. That means you should never finalize first thing in the morning (you retain water from the night before), right after you've exercised (fingers swell) or when you're extremely hot or cold (which can cause your hands to expand and shrink).
5. You might want to Buy Your Ring and Your Bands Together. The guy at Knot say If you prefer to be surprised by the engagement ring, this may not work, but knowing what bands go with the engagement ring can help you make a decision. For example, if you have a unique engagement ring, you may want a simple, no-fuss band, whereas a simple engagement ring may call for the added sparkle of a diamond pavé band. Also think about how the rings fit together. If you're planning on wearing your engagement and wedding ring side by side, 24/7, look for a contour or shadow band designed to interlock with the matching engagement ring. If you're planning on wearing your wedding ring alone, you may want a more intricate style that will look great with or without your engagement ring. Talk to your jeweler about finding a band that works with your ring (some can even create both at the same time).
Lastly, if you haven’t already, make sure to set up your unique personalised gift chest. Perfect for those couples building their honeymoon fund. It’s free to create!